ASU Center for Science and the Imagination

ASU Center for Science and the Imagination 2018-03-28T09:01:22+00:00

Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein with events and projects including the game “Frankenstein200” and a new “Frankenbook” edition of Frankenstein annotated by scientists.

Frankenstein200 is a free, interactive, multiplatform experience for kids. Created by Arizona State University with support from the National Science Foundation, Frankenstein200 is a digital narrative paired with hands-on activities at over 50 museums and science centers across the United States, plus the expertise of a global community of makers, tinkerers, and citizen scientists. Across these multiple engagements, Frankenstein200  prompts participants to consider the questions that emerge in Shelley’s timeless tale and continue to inform contemporary discussions about science, technology, and society:
  • What is life?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • Why do we create?

Frankenbook is a collaborative, multimedia reading experiment with Mary Shelley’s modern myth, supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In partnership with The MIT Media Lab and The MIT Press, Frankenbook is built on a dynamic, open-source community platform that enables students, teachers, book clubs, Frankenstein aficionados, and curious members of the public to read, discuss, and share a customized version of the text based on specific themes and topics of interest, including the scientific, technological, political, and ethical dimensions of the novel, its historical context, and its enduring legacy. Readers can respond to more than 60 scholars and subject matter experts who annotated the book, or pen their own annotations for inclusion in the source text.